Take advantage of prime-time dreamtime, which begins about two hours before you normally wake up. A proven technique is to wake up two hours before normal, stay up for fifteen minutes or so, then go back to sleep with the intent that “I will wake up in my dreams, I will remember my dreams.” This technique is perhaps the single most effective method for achieving lucidity.
"Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”